Editor’s note: The views and opinions expressed in this review are solely those of Marlon Wallace and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of WBOC.
Eric André created a short-form comedy series on Adult Swim called The Eric Andre Show (2012). Each episode was about 10 minutes in length. It was a parody of late-night talk shows. However, the opening to each episode was André being wild and crazy, running around the set and violently crashing into things, purposefully doing physical damage. They were intentionally aggressive pratfalls. He was almost acting as pure id or as some unchained, rabid animal. Interspersed in each of the episodes was André pulling pranks on unsuspecting people on the streets. For example, he would hide in a trash can and then pop up and scare people walking by. André brings that same unchained, rabid energy and shocking pranks to this feature film, which are essentially a series of pranks strung together into a narrative.
Unfortunately, André’s scenes, often with Lil Rel Howery (Bird Box and Get Out) who plays Bud Malone, involve just him doing penis and poop jokes. The only deviation from those penis and poop jokes is a scene at the end that’s basically not even a part of the narrative. It’s a scene where André, Howery and Haddish put on makeup and infiltrate an event in the Hamptons, New York. The scene is funnier because of the optics rather than the substance of what could have happened. But still, the optics are funny.